The World Was Whole

The World Was Whole 1

by Fiona Wright

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/10/2018

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The follow-up to Fiona Wright’s essay collection Small Acts of Disappearance – winner of the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Award for Non-fiction.

Our bodies and homes are our shelters, each one intimately a part of the other. But what about those who feel anxious, uncomfortable, unsettled within these havens? In The World Was Whole, Fiona Wright examines how we inhabit and remember the familiar spaces of our homes and suburbs, as we move through them and away from them into the wider world, devoting ourselves to the routines and rituals that make up our lives. These affectingly personal essays consider how all-consuming the engagement with the ordinary can be, and how even small encounters and interactions can illuminate our lives.

Many of the essays are set in the inner and south-western suburbs of a major Australian city in the midst of rapid change. Others travel to the volcanic coastline of Iceland, the mega-city of Shanghai, the rugged Surf Coast of southern Victoria. The essays are poetic and observant, and often funny, animated by curiosity and candour. Beneath them all lies the experience of chronic illness and its treatment, and the consideration of how this can reshape and reorder our assumptions about the world and our place within it.

"In this exquisite follow-on from her award-winning memoir-in-essays Small Acts of Disappearance, Fiona Wright continues to set the standard for the essay form in Australia." - Jo Case, Books+Publishing

"Wright has a gift for compression, lyricism, and a poet’s ear for rhythm, all of which animate even the most heartbreaking passages." - The Australian

"Each essay works as a kind of poetic auto-ethnography, moving between inexplicable realities of the self and those of the world-at-large; between life’s surfaces and interiors." - Sydney Morning Herald

ISBN:
9781925336979
9781925336979
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-10-2018
Publisher:
Giramondo Publishing Co
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Weight:
0.25kg
Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney.

Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Award.

Her first poetry collection, Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award. She has recently completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre.

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  • Home is ... a difficut concept.

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    The latest collection of essays by Fiona Wright centers on home and place, expanding out the themes of the body and self in her previous book, Small Acts of Disappearance. Like that book, the prose is marvelous, resonant and rich, without ever becoming cloying or overwhelming. I find reading this book that while there are aspects of Wright's personality and perspective, that I find irritating, a highly subjective view, I do love her writing style and that is what I return for. Each essay is a perfect jewel, exactly as long as it needs to be leaving the reader satiated, but never stuffed.